4x4 required. River crossings can flood if rains are bad. Do not leave anything unattended on the beach. Pack your trash out. There's a shop at the end of the road offering cold beer, bathrooms, showers and food for a cost. If you're headed into Corcovado you can park your car behind the store for $5 a day. Buy the old Canadian expat a beer and listen to some of his stories!
Make reservations in Puerto Jimenez. You must do this, or arrange through a tour organizer. It's an 11 mile hike from Carate. You can take a boat from Bahia Drake, and you can take a boat or fly from Puerto Jimenez. Dorms are two bunk beds with a mosquito net. Meals can be provided with reservation, but cost $20-25 per person per meal. Water can be bought for $4 per 2 liter bottle, or purified from the tap. Pack out all trash.
Mod note May not allow camping
A fantastic place to camp above Otavalo, it's hard to beat the view. There are indoor and outdoor common areas, and a place to have a campfire and grill. The kitchen is open for breakfast and dinner upon request, but is not available for use by guests. A variety of cabins and rooms can also be reserved if you don't want to camp. See website for directions.
Tambopaxi is the only lodge inside the park, and one of four places where you can camp. The other camping sites are free but offer in one case only dirty toilets and in the other two cases no infrastructure at all. The hostel offers rooms and the restaurant serves good food but at higher-than-average prices. Camping is in front of their new lodge building which was just opening for business when we arrived. At over 12,000 feet it's cold and windy, so bring plenty of warm clothes. Campfires not allowed. See website for directions.
3 usd per person to camp in vehicle. Includes shower, kitchen, water, use of common rooms.
Price per night includes a set breakfast and dinner. Internet is available. Restaurant also sells fresh bread and lunches upon request. Hard to miss this place as you drive the Quilotoa Loop counterclockwise into Chugchilan on the right-hand side of the road.
A very overlanding-friendly place. Has all the amenities you could want - a big grill, a cozy common area and plenty of places to pitch a tent, covered and uncovered. they can arrange activities nearby. Highly recommended!
Very expensive and not entirely setup to be tent-camper friendly. Has the potential to be very noisy during the weekends. There are several other options around Macas but they were either temporarily closed or temporarily without a bathroom. The hotel was closed while we were there, the only activity was at the at the pool and (loud) open-air restaurant. We pitched our tents as far away as possible. The groundskeeper will want to charge you extra to use the facilities. Rip off.
With half a dozen options on the same street, we ended up here by chance. We had a great room on the top floor with a balcony overlooking the city where we could cook our own meals. The lady who runs the hostel was incredibly friendly and helped us find parking on several occasions. There are guarded lots nearby but they are closed on Sundays. Street parking during the week is not free, you must buy a ticket at a shop nearby. Parking attendants carry cameras and know exactly how long you've been there.
The petrified forest has a legitimate campground near the river, but it is often closed due to road construction. The places marks the informal camping at the visitor center.
Quiet and for free. Toilets and showers open when the visitor center is open. Road is (except last 1.2 km) paved.
The best kept secret in El Salvador. Friendly staff, awesome camp sites, plenty of firewood and a huge fire ring. Also, the food fair on weekends shouldn't be missed. Can take a horseback tour of the coffee plantation for less than $16 per person. Electricity available in restaurant.
Has a pool and secure parking across the street. Good place to stop if you want to do the crossing through Honduras to Nicaragua in one day. Wifi and computer terminals available. Parking available nearby.
The best place to stay if you want to see the ruins with few other tourists in it. You can get up early in the morning before the busloads of tourists get there and then go back late in the afternoon when they have all left again. There is a small grassy area for pitching tents/parking a campervan that can get crowded at night. 50Q/pp
There is secure parking in the hotel grounds, but they don’t allow camping. This is a good place to stay if you have a vehicle and want to go to the Candelaria caves. They have terminals for internet but no wifi.
The view is insane, but tent camping is on uneven ground between the cabins. Ok for small tents, but difficult for larger tents, and there is nowhere to setup a cooking area. Outside food and drinks are not allowed in the common area. It's cheapest to stay in a cabin and cook on the patio, however the food at the restaurant is quite good and not too spendy. Reportedly they are building more accommodation.
Excellent park, but the camping area is a bit of a walk from the parking lot. Rangers are really friendly and there is great hiking. Chances of seeing a quetzal are slim, but the cloud forest is amazing. Electricity available in the office. No showers, but you can go for a swim if you like.
Not far from Ensenada, on the water. The father of this family spent most of his extra money from the last ten years turning his house into a mock castle, turrets included. There are nice shady palapas and farm animals roaming around the camping area. Wifi available near the house.
The camping leaves something to be desired, especially if you are in a tent. Mostly these are just gravel spots for vans or RVs to park - it's a parking area behind restaurant/hotel. The restaurant is great, but expensive. Clean facilities. Lots of noise from street. $285 pesos for small RV, 315 pesos for bigger per night. For a small RV or tenting it's 215 pesos with FHU. Don’t count on Wifi that is awful
Large motorhome 315Pesos per night full hookups (30 amps out of a 15 amp outlet).
Dogs MUST be on a leash at all times/
Restaurant prices range from below US$10 upwards. Ambience and food both excellent
No filling of water tanks allowed .
Normal daytime street noise but around back very quiet at night. Quiet time after 10pm.
A shady palm tree filled place. The owner comes around to collect in the evening. The water was sketchy at best, we bought bottled water in town. The environment in general was questionable esp. since it is on a main road in terms of security esp. at night.
A typical RV park full of snowbirds. When we pulled in there was an open spot on the water where we could pitch our tents. The crowd was friendly, inviting and partied late into the night. There is really great fishing if you can talk one of the old guys into taking you out on a boat.
200 peso per night for vehicle, may be less for tent campers
No cell phone signal
Wi-fi at the restaurant
Nice beach. Watch out for the sand fleas in October and November here, you won't notice the bites until you have tons of them.
The facilities are minimal, but in this place, it's all about the beach. They had toilets but no water. You put water from the barrels outside.
Cold showers are available for a minimal fee.
Dump point is up track just to the north of the smaller restaurant.
Noise from the road nearby.
There's a restaurant and a beach bar: Armando’s. Anna’s restaurant was closed. Lots of older snowbirds and overlanders. Usually very crowded in the high season so if you like peace and quiet, find another place.
A central place in Loreto with plenty of space for RVs and a few flat patches to pitch tents or park small camper vans. Toilets with paper and soap. There is a nice covered common area for campers with electricity plugs and tables and wash sink to do dishes. On site DIY laundry available. WiFi available, but with varying speeds. Antenna attached to reception. Very well looked after by Mrs Yolanda.
A huge RV park on the water. They have a big area for temporary travelers to camp or park. There is a restaurant on the beach front with cheap happy hour cocktails, wifi, electricity and a pool. A great place to chill for a few days, especially if you like to fish. Electricity available and WiFi around the grounds. Separate sections for RV’s and non hook up vans/tents. Friendly owners and it’s peaceful!